Two Ways You Can Help Our County’s Students in Need

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Our public schools begin classes on Sept. 6. For hundreds of our students who are homeless, and the thousands who receive free and reduced price lunches, having the essentials like a school backpack, crayons or a calculator may be unaffordable luxuries for their families.

There’s still time to help with a donation of a backpack, supplies or money.

1. Donate to Collect for Kids

Last year, Collect for Kids helped 34,125 students at Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) begin the school year with new supplies. Collect for Kids is a partnership of Fairfax County Public Schools with the Office of Public Private Partnerships and county agencies including the Fire and Rescue Department and the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, as well as nonprofits working with our Office to Prevent and End Homelessness.

The growth of this partnership over the last five years has enabled us to assist more than 75 percent of our FCPS students in need with donations valued at more than $1 million in total! This year, we’d like to reach 100 percent and are still welcoming donations of money and supplies.Patricia Stevens, Executive Director, Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships
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2. Donate Through Our  Children, Youth and Families Division 

The county’s Department of Family Services’ Children, Youth and Families Division is also collecting school supplies for their clients in need. They will provide you with the age and grade of a child, along with a list of needed supplies and additional information. If you are interested, let them know how many backpacks you can fill! Email Alexandra Stewart or call 703-324-7871 (TTY 711).

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